February 6, 2013
Tulane finds offense in rout of Marshall
Ricky Tarrant, Josh Davis and Jordan Callahan didn't mess around against Marshall, taking Tulane out of its offensive funk and nearly into the record books with a scoring explosion in the first half. Whether it means anything significant will be determined in a two-game road trip this Saturday and next Wednesday, but at least the Green Wave had some fun on Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Back-to-back brutal shooting nights in losses to UCF and UTEP had taken all of the joy out of basketball.
This time, only the opening possession resembled those performances. After missing three shots the first time it had the ball, Tulane (15-8, 3-5 Conference USA) got white hot for the rest of the half en route to a 91-75 rout that was even more lopsided than the score indicated.
Tarrant scored three times in about 30 seconds as the Wave took the lead for good. Callahan, coming off the bench for the second consecutive game after starting 85 games in a row, drained all four of his 3-point attempts. Davis made five shots and almost had a double-double (13 points, eight rebounds) by halftime on his way to a 23-point, 12-rebound night.
When the three-man thrashing was over, Tulane led 59-35 at the break, surpassing its total for both halves in four of its first seven Conference USA games and coming within four of its equally out of nowhere 63-point smackdown in the second half against SMU last season. Tarrant, Davis and Callahan accounted for 37 of those points.
"We did a great job tonight," said Tarrant, who finished with 19 points and nine assists. "I was just trying to be aggressive whether it was taking my own shot or getting my teammates the ball. We were sharing the ball. Guys were just playing aggressive without being tense or passive."
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